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First Friday for Folk Music

  • First Presbyterian Church 520 Washington Avenue Savannah, GA, 31405 United States (map)

$5 suggested donation at the door


The Massey Boys formed in September 1983, when Skip Jennings (guitar and vocals) and Ward Abel (guitar, slide guitar and vocals) were in their first year of law school at Mercer University. They met while living in an apartment building called The Massee (pronounced Massey), hence the name. Jerry Stenger (guitar, mandolin, percussion and vocals) – later joined Jennings and Abel. The Massey Boys have been described as having “an extremely casual, rollicking style which incorporates Delta blues, the groove of early rock & roll, and hints of light jazz fusion.” (Connect Savannah). Blues & BBQ Festival, blues magazine King Biscuit Time said that their music “showed Southern style and grace.” In addition to practicing law and other activities, Ward Abel has enjoyed a recording career as a solo artist. He has released two albums under the name of Max Abel: Culture By Force (1988) and Somebody Spent Their Whole Life There (1989). Abel also performs with guitarist Steve Rawls, keyboardist Sloan Hayes in the Atlanta area.

Chris Desa is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter specializing in six and twelve string guitars. With over five decades experience, he blends well known tunes of the 60’s – 80’s with his own compositions. He also enjoys promoting songwriters who are not well known by playing his version of their tunes. He is former president of Savannah Folk Music Society and has served as a long time member, board member and host of First Fridays for Folk Music.